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Cherie Dimaline's Blockbuster YA Novel The Marrow Thieves wins CODE Burt Award

Marrow Thieves

Cherie Dimaline’s The Marrow Thieves (Dancing Cat Books) has gained the author both devoted readers and a huge breadth of awards since its publication in 2017.

The newest prize added to Dimaline's impressive byline is the 2018 CODE Burt Award for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Young Adult Literature, which recognizes excellence in Indigenous-authored literature for young adults (ages 12-18). Supported by Canada’s Literary Prizes Foundation and the legacy of William “Bill” Burt, the CODE Burt Awards are dedicated to supporting literacy and ensuring that youth have access to culturally relevant, high-quality literature.  

The Marrow Thieves's previous honours include the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Kirkus Prize, the Amy Mathers Award, and a coveted spot on CBC's Canada Reads 2018.

Dimaline is a Métis author and editor, and was the first Indigenous Writer in Residence at the Toronto Public Library in 2014 after winning Emerging Artist of the Year at the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts. Her first novel, Red Rooms, won the Fiction Book of the Year from the Anskohk Aboriginal Book Awards, and her second novel, The Girl Who Grew a Galaxy, was shortlisted for the CODE Burt Award in 2014. 

The Marrow Thieves is set in a dystopian future where Indigenous peoples are being hunted and harvested for their bone marrow, which carries the key to recovering something the rest of the population has lost: the ability to dream. Frenchie and his fellow fugitives struggle to survive as they make their way north toward safety. Each day draws the group closer together as a family even as danger stalks them. But what they don't know is that one of them holds the secret to defeating the marrow thieves.